Inside Aqua Salon & Spa, soft light from sconces spills over the calming blues and warm gold tones that accent the rooms where aestheticians and stylists work. Plaques with the words "Dream," "Escape," "Love," and "Live" broadcast positive vibes from atop cabinets at work stations where hairstylists cut, color, and straighten manes. Professional makeup applications help clients look their best for proms, weddings, or wedding-themed proms.
The Ultimate Ride whips its clients into muscle-rippling and heart-fortifying shape with an eclectic schedule of exhilarating group fitness classes. Cyclo-philes can tone their calves in traditional spin classes as well as virtual rides classes, which feature cinematic projections of open roads winding through exotic locations such as Hawaii, Italy, and the Rockies, where wild bicycles still roam free. The Spin Flex class comprises a hybrid of cycling and full-body workout activities, and the Zumba dance-fitness class energizes and conditions clients for upcoming macarena marathons. Aspiring crew paddlers and rowboat chauffeurs can beef up with Indo-Row classes, which provide an extensive workout using indoor rowing machines. The Ultimate Ride clients need only bring a towel, a bottle of water, and—if necessary for motivation—a book filled with inspirational limericks.
At Achieve Fitness, exercise goes beyond an extensive selection of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. In addition to these solo workouts, the gym also offers group fitness classes such as Zumba, a Latin-inspired aerobic dance party, and Les Mills's barbell-based BodyPump. A squad of personal trainers remains on hand to help clients zero in on specific goals, whether they'd like to lose weight or gain the strength to impress potential employers with a few pull-ups before the interview. Achieve Fitness also accommodates exercisers with kiddies in tow; members can park young ones in the nursery or Kids Zone to play, rather than arranging separate childcare for their workout.
Before Dez White donned the whistle and clipboard of a fitness instructor, he was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears and the Atlanta Falcons. After years on the field, Dez added an ISSA personal-training certification to his accomplishments and founded The Body Firm Atlanta, where he builds challenging, constantly varied workouts for all skill levels. Dez and his staff of fellow trainers conduct classes in local parks and shopping malls, allowing participants to admire trees and bench-press mannequins as they pursue their fitness goals. The staff motivates its students by tracking their measurements and progress throughout the course.
New Life Fitness World motivates calories crusaders with personal trainers and more than 140 hours of group classes. Launch fitness plans in a one-on-one training session before bounding into any of the four locations' exercise courses, such as cycling, Zumba, and Piyo, a combination of yoga, Pilates, and trick yo-yoing. After land-based laps around the indoor tracks, or the aquatic equivalent in the indoor heated pools, fit fiddles can indulge in a sauna steam, a hot-tub soak, or a tanning session. Towel service and locker rooms facilitate transitions out of the gym, while childcare frees parents from the stress of pushing strollers while jogging on the treadmill.